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My Pretty Sydney’s Best of 2015

It’s been another busy year that flew by faster than any other year before.  Perhaps it’s because I finally hit my 30s and life is meant to become a blur from now on?  Or maybe it’s because I only took one long holiday which meant I didn’t have any other breaks in between.  Life and work were busy up until our 3 week holiday in May, and resumed as soon as we returned.  (Note to self: take more mini weekend breaks next year!)

But I did end the year with a life lesson – age is really just a number. At 30, I’m the fittest I’ve been in my entire life thanks to regular pole dancing lessons, gym classes and swimming lessons plus making a conscious effort to eat and sleep well. (I should also point out that I did zero sports growing up, so I’m comparing my fitness levels to a very low base!) But I honestly believe that age has nothing to do with it and I feel stronger and healthier and as a result, happier, than I’ve ever been before.

I’m also looking forward to my 30s. I was one of those 20-year-olds who couldn’t wait to turn 30. I can’t wait to apply the wisdom from all the mistakes I made in my 20s and to learn more as I grow older and (hopefully!) wiser.

Did you learn any life lessons this year? What are you looking forward to?

Anyway, here are my best blog posts for 2015…

1. I started the year by reflecting on 10 things I love about Sydney.

IMG_68862.  We attended 4 weddings this year.  I wore 4 different outfits to each

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3. I learned some life lessons from my pole dancing classes.  And read this post again throughout the year as I struggled in Intermediate 3 and ended up taking a Technique class instead.  I’m steadily improving but not being as hard on myself.

11 life lessons learned from pole dancing

4. My boyfriend and I travelled to Sri Lanka.  I loved catching up with family and exploring Colombo and Kandy, living like a tea planter in the Hill Country and going on a safari tour in Yala.

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5. We also stopped by Singapore and devoured this beautiful high tea at the Raffles Hotel.

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6. This blog turned 3 years old.  3 years!! I still can’t believe it.

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7. Felt burnt out about 4 times this year.  Once from blogging and 3 times with work.  I had to quickly implement this advice and can happily say that I feel a lot better about everything.

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8.  I perfected a lemon cupcake recipe for my lovely friend KT’s baby shower.  I met some adorable babies this year and hope all the first time mummies and daddies enjoyed their baby’s first Christmases!

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9.  Attended my wonderful friend Nadia’s birthday party at the Tea Rooms in the Queen Victoria Building.  She’s leaving for a new chapter in her life and I wish her and her husband the very best – and will miss her lots too!

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And on that note, even if you’re not embarking on an overseas adventure, why not start the year with a fresh mindset? No resolutions required, just an attitude that things will be better than last year and a reminder to leave the past in the past.  Start a new chapter for yourself called 2016.

I hope that you have a wonderful start to the New Year!

Maadz xox

Featured Image, 2, 3, 6 and 7 are all sourced from Pinterest.

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